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Citrus aurantifolia Lime Jeruk nipis Rutaceae


Citrus aurantifolia, Lime, Rutaceae, Jeruk nipis

The flesh and juice have a stronger acidity and flavor than the lemon.
The Tahitian lime, the variety most commonly grown, bears fruit all year round.
The Mexican lime has smaller fruit with high acidity and stronger flavor and is a thornier tree.
Medicinal Uses: Lime juice dispels the irritation and swelling of mosquito bites.
In Malaya, the juice is taken as a tonic and to relieve stomach ailments. Mixed with oil, it is given as a vermifuge. The pickled fruit, with other substances, is poulticed on the head to allay neuralgia. In India, the pickled fruit is eaten to relieve indigestion. The juice of the Mexican lime is regarded as an antiseptic, tonic, an antiscorbutic, an astringent, and as a diuretic in liver ailments, a digestive stimulant, a remedy for intestinal hemorrhage and hemorrhoids, heart palpitations, headache, convulsive cough, rheumatism, arthritis, falling hair, bad breath, and as a disinfectant for all kinds of ulcers when applied in a poultice.
The leaves or an infusion of the crushed leaves may be applied to relieve headache. The leaf decoction is used as eye drops and to bathe a feverish patient; also as a mouth wash and gargle in cases of sore throat and thrush.
The root bark serves as a febrifuge, as does the seed kernel, ground and mixed with lime juice.